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Adults Dressing Up, Pt 2

The annual Blowers Oscar party was a huge success! But don’t just take my word for it. Watch the film (courtesy of Lisa Blowers)!

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Top 10 Movies of 2008 Pt. 3

Part 3 of my Top Movies of 2008 series is written by Brad Moist. Brad lives in Nashville where he works at Gotee Records in A&R. As big a fan of movies as he is, he’s probably an even bigger music fan, and releases a great music top 10 list each year.

The Brad Moist Dot Com Top 10
1. The Dark Knight
2. Quantum Of Solace
3. Iron Man
4. The Incredible Hulk
5. Wall-E
6. Cloverfield
7. The Bank Job
8. 21
9. Wanted
10. Vantage Point
The Let Downs
– The Happening
– Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
I have to say that this is my list as of now but I do plan to catch up on some films over the next month. So I want to reserve the right to update this last later on at www.bradmoist.com …so here’s
10 Films That Might Have Made the List That I Still Want to See
– Forgetting Sarah Marshall
– Appaloosa
– Traitor
– Seven Pounds
– Punisher: War Zone
– The Day The Earth Stood Still
– The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
– Gran Torino
– Valkyrie
– The Spirit

Top 10 Movies of 2008 Pt 2

Part 2 of my Top 10 of 08 series is written by John Allen. John and his family live in Louisville KY. By day john works as a field salesman for EMI/CMG. By night John is an awesome husband, dad, and movie fiend.

My list (not much to be excited about-down year @ the theater for the Allens)
Top Ten Films
1. The Dark Knight
All that hype and it actually delivered.
2. Fireproof
Call it cheesy and definitely bad acting; but this movie was HUGE to my marriage this year: Thanks Mike Seaver.
3. Madagascar 2
Went for the kids and laughed my butt off.
4. 4 Christmases
Mr. Vaughan has a long rope with me and this one reminded me a bit of my own family at the holidays.
5. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
6. Expelled
Excellent way of addressing the issue without coming off cocky.
7. Vantage Point
I like politico/action flicks and I liked the way they told the story.
8. Be Kind Rewind
9. Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
The trick to these films is you have to see them through the eyes of your 12 year old self.
10. Henry Poole is Here
Nice little film.
Honorable Mention:
Quantum of Solace
Pretty good for what it was
Chaos Theory
This indie is technically a 2007 film, but we didn’t get to see it until this year; Ryan Reynolds plays somebody other than Van Wilder. Very well done!
Top Films I Still Want to see but haven’t cause I have kids and we don’t get too much time at the movies:
1. Body of Lies
2. Seven Pounds
3. Appaloosa
4. Rock N Rolla
5. Caspian
Films that make me want exact my homicidal revenge on the respective studio execs:
Mamma Mia
If you are going to translate a rock musical to the stage might want to hire singers instead of actors and actually show some of the choreography…and yes the most homosexual thing I did all year was to request Kara and I see this before we saw Dark Knight
Tropic Thunder
The MTV Movie Awards piece was worth the rental. Other than that, Stiller I am through with you. At least Ferrell (Semi-Pro) and Vaughan (4 Christmases) have the decency to play the same character in every film.

Top 10 Movies of 2008 Pt. I

It’s that time of year to reflect on what Hollywood had to offer us in the past 12 months and give a little bit of feedback. Who am I to say what was good and what wasn’t? What qualifications do I have? Well, none, actually. I’m just some guy in Pennsylvania with a blog.

But that hasn’t stopped me yet. Nor has it stopped me from asking my esteemed panel of friends to give their feedback as well. This year, though, instead of including everyone’s top ten in one long blog, I will be breaking them up into easier-to-digest episodes. This year I’ve asked a number of different people from across the nation and in a variety of industries to rank their tops (and their flops).

Feel free to leave your comments and let us know where we went right…or wrong.

I suppose I’ll get this party started.

ED’S TOP 10 MOVIES OF 2008

10. Get Smart
I know, I know. I didn’t expect it to make my top 10, either. But when I looked back on the year I realized there weren’t a ton of movies that jumped out at me. And as I began listing the movies that I responded to, it was a surprisingly short list. Granted, I tend to lean toward comedies more than any other genre (as you’ll see), and if you get me to laugh out loud then I’m hooked. The #10 slot was a toss-up between Get Smart and Indiana Jones IV but at the end of the day, this one had less weird aliens and monkeys on vines.

9. Tropic Thunder
Seriously, how did these guys get away with everything they did? My buddy and co-reviewer John Allen disagrees with me on this one (see the next entry in this series) but I guess you’ll have that. I thought this movie was a brilliant snipe at the Hollywood Machine and those involved. Ben Stiller always manages to capture the essence of naive know-it-all-ness and the rest of the cast brought their A-game. I thought Tom Cruise’s performance was hyped up a little too much. I’m not quite sure why everyone thought it was the Second Coming of the Scientology God. So he put on a wig and jumped around like an idiot. Big deal, good for Tom. He did the same thing on Oprah.

8. The Dark Knight
What can I say about this you don’t already know and/or hasn’t already been said? Not much probably. Heath Ledger rocked. Christian Bale’s raspy voice was hilarious. Two-Face came and went really quickly.

7. Vantage Point
I didn’t hear much about this film after it came out but I thought it was pretty darn nifty. I loved how they centered around one event and, as they showed each person’s point-of-view, it revealed a different piece of a much larger puzzle. When I added it to my Top 10 Chase Scenes of all time and hailed the return of Dennis Quaid, it garnered a profane response from a genius named Chris who informed me Dennis Quaid wasn’t in Vantage Point. Even though he was the star. So that was funny.

6. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Seriously. How do I get in with Judd Apatow? Someone give me an email or a phone number or something. He’s got one of the tightest, funniest circle of go-to friends working today and they never fail to disappoint. So hook me up, OK?

5. WALL-E
Wow. This movie is just beautiful to watch. Those guys are artists in every sense of the word.

4. Ghost Town
Maybe I’m prejudiced because I’m a huge fan of Ricky Gervais, but this movie should have done much better than it did. It may have come across as just another dead-guy-needs-help romantic comedy, but this movie proved that romantic comedies are allowed to be more comedy than romantic. Put this one in your Netflix queue and shame on you for not seeing it the first time around.

3. Kung Fu Panda
And this is how you make an animated film about a bear doing martial arts. Of course it helps that you’ve got the likes of Jack Black and David Cross making smarmy remarks the whole time, not to mention a team of animators that accentuates the action with cool slo-mo shots. Nicely done indeed.

2. Step Brothers
Part of me feels a little guilty and juvenile for putting this movie at #2, but I’m sorry. I laughed like an idiot the entire time. Director Adam McKay said his favorite part of working with Will Ferrell and John C Reilly on Talladega Nights were the moments where they just talked (i.e. the dinner table scene) and he wanted to make a movie that was just that: No car racing, just Will and John acting like morons, riffing and improvising at their hilarious best. The result is Step Brothers, and mission accomplished.

1. Cloverfield
Because this one came out at the beginning of the year, I almost forgot it came out in ’08. But good night, this is how you make a thrill ride of a movie. If you saw it, you probably know what I’m talking about. I love movies that bring me in, shake me up, and don’t let go. I’m still shaking from the subway scene.

Regretfully, 2008 also came with its share of stinkers. Like these 5 WORST FILMS OF 2008

Fool’s Gold
Will someone please dig a hole that Matthew McConaughey can fall into?

Meet Dave
Sorry, Eddie. You’re done being funny. Step aside.

Journey to the Center of the Earth
Yikes. Just….yikes.

Twilight
I don’t care what you and your co-7th graders think. This was a train wreck. And now bring on the hate mail.

Mamma Mia!
If you enjoy seeing good actors acting badly, then this is for you. And if you enjoy seeing good actors singing even worse, then this is definitely for you.